Mount Merrion redevelopment leaves local parents concerned

by Rebecca Ryan
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Concerns have been raised over a redevelopment at a site in Mount Merrion.

Last September it was announced that furniture store Flanagan Kerins were closing its door at the former Stella cinema site to make way for a residential development.

Work has now started on the site on Deerpark Road, and councillor Deirdre Donnelly (IND) told Dublin Gazette she has learned the council have sent a warning letter to the owner/occupier for alleged unauthorised development.

“The letter stated that 11 conditions were not complied with, including a condition relating to the off-site disposal of construction/demolition waste in the interests of public safety and residential amenity.

“There is a playground across the road from the site and I was very concerned given in particular that it was mid-term break week.

“This development is also beside a muchfrequented pub and restaurant and opposite a row of busy shops,” said Cllr Donnelly.

She also said that parents have expressed concern to her of “lorry loads of rubble” leaving the site at school drop-off times.

According to the letter, one of the conditions was that the plans should include hours of working, noise management measures and off-site disposal of construction/demolition waste.

“[I] find it confusing that an owner/ occupier has been given the ‘all clear’ to start demolition on a building containing hazardous waste when at the same time the same owner/occupier has been served with a warning letter for alleged unauthorised development arising from non-compliance of a number of conditions including the off-site disposal of waste.”

The council told Cllr Donnelly that the matter is being investigated.

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